NACOC gets Governing Board
The Narcotic Control Commission (NACOC) has had its governing board inaugurated to steer the affairs of the Commission.
The 15-member governing board of the NACOC is chaired by Mr J. Kaifee Mensah, who is the President’s nominee.
Other members include; Mr Francis Kofi Torkornoo, Acting Director-General, NACOC, Aba Jacqueline Opoku representing the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Mrs Delese A.A. Darko, Chief Executive Officer, Food and Drugs Authority, Mr Charles Nabarise Bob Senyalah, Assisstant Commissioner, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority.
Others are; Mr Seth Nana Amoako, Head of Compliance, Financial Intelligence Centre, Mr Duncan Opare, Deputy National Security Co-Ordinator, National Security Council Secretariat, Dr Akwasi Owusu Osei, Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Authority, Ministry of Health, Mrs Adelaide Anno-Kumi, Chief Director, Ministry of the Interior, DCOP Joseph Oklu Gyamerah, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation Department, Ghana Police Service.
The rest are; Mrs Yvonne A. Obuabisa, Director of Public Prosecution, Office of Attorney-General, Mr Isaac Kofi Egyir, Director of Prisons (Operations) Ghana Prisons Service, Col. Twum Ampofo-Gyekye, Deputy Director General, Joint Operations, Ghana Armed Forces, Mr Benjamin K. Gyasi, Chief Director, Ministry of Education and Mr Laud Ofori Affrifa, Deputy Comptroller, Ghana Immigration Service.
A brief swearing in ceremony took place on Wednesday in Accra, where the Minister for the Interior, Ambrose Dery, led the members to swear oaths of office and secrecy.
In his remarks which followed the oaths, the Interior Minister indicated that the Narcotic Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019) makes provision for the establishment of the Commission, with section 4 of the same Act allowing for the Constitution of the governing board.
According to the minister, the board had a chequered history, following the ‘Nayele’ cocaine saga in 2014, which led to the dissolution of the governing board.
“The Narcotic Control Board [which was the name then before it became a Commission] had been without a governing board since then,” the Minister observed.
He continued that: “When His Excellency, the President assumed office in 2017, NACOB was without a Governing Board and the best efforts of the Parliament of Ghana between 2013-2016 could not pass the Narcotic Control Commission Bill into law.”
He further said that with the determination to position the organization at the right pedestal to enhance the fight against global drug menace, government had to ensure that the NACOC Act was passed.
The minister explained that the passage of the Act was to have a complement of members of the Governing Board made up of the relevant stakeholder institution.
To the members of the Board, the minister said: “It, therefore, behoves on you as members of the Board from key stakeholder institutions to assist in the fight against illicit drug trafficking, substance abuse and transnational organised crime in general.”
He added that: “It is my earnest expectation that, the synergy in expertise from diverse institutional representations on the Governing Board will be brought to bear to better position and direct the Commission in achieving its objects.”
As the sector minister, Mr Ambrose Dery assured the Board he would do his best to facilitate provision of the requisite logistics for the effective administration and operations of the Commission.
On his part, Chairman of the Governing Board, Mr J. Kaifee Mensah expressed the heartfelt gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for the confidence reposed in the members of the Board.
Describing their appointment as an honour to serve the nation, Mr Mensah also said that: “The institutional representation on the Governing Board as outlined in section 4 of the Narcotic Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019) is indicative of the significance of NACOC in ensuring public health, safety and security in the country.”
According to him, he has a strong conviction that the expertise of the Board members in their respective field of work would be brought to bear in steering the affairs of NACOC.